Artist FUKI Collaborates with LINE MUSIC to Make Romantic Bubble Tea at Tai Parfait Cafe

11.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

LINE MUSIC-Bu is LINE MUSIC’s research team that studies popular music trends among teen girls. LINE MUSIC-Bu teamed up with love song-writer FUKI, who is releasing one love per month for 12 months, in order to produce a new bubble tea drink and tapioca dessert especially for couples. The drink and dessert is being sold at Tai Parfait Cafe, Yokohama World Porters. FUKI will also perform at a free live gig at Yokohama World Porters on December 25, which is the last day of collaboration drink and tapioca dessert sales. 

The collaboration pair-tapi contains two different drinks in a twin split cup. One side of the cup is filled with cafe au lait and the other with a strawberry-flavoured drink. Both sides are stuffed with yummy tapioca pearls and are topped with a mountain of cream. This cute drink sees the perfect opportunity to get closer to your partner. 

 

The second collaboration treat is the Tai Parfait Tapi which is stuffed with strawberries and tapioca pearls. The adorable tai fish is made from sweet dough – and it has cute eyelashes too. The fish’s enormously wide mouth can be seen chomping down on the delicious dessert. 

Enjoy a romantic bubble tea and make sure to check out FUKI’s love song LOVE and CRY, which is based on a true story. The song is currently available on a number of digital music services. 

 

Teen girls full of love problems find FUKI’S songs highly relatable. As Yokohama World Porters will be lit up for Christmas, you just can’t miss FUKI’s performance on December 25.

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  • Japan’s ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY Releases Christmas Themed Menu

    01.December.2019 | FOOD

    ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORYーan ice cream chain in Japan specialising in ‘rolled’ ice creamーreleased its Christmas menu today.

    From Left: Reindeer’s Christmas / Pink Pink Christmas / Blue White Christmas / Royal Pink Christmas

    This will be ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY’s third-ever Christmas menu, which they have made even more fun. There are three festive ice creams to choose from, including two featuring Santa Claus and a reindeer. The ice creams can be served in either their regular cups, or the store’s new “Fuwamoko” snowstorm cups, which looks like snow blowing in the wind. Check out the video below.

    Until now, people would take photos of the ice cream being made, but these new cups make for an even more Instagrammable post. Edit in a Christmas song or your favourite music to make your own cute video for your Instagram Stories. The Christmas menu is available until December 25, but these cups will be served until late February 2020. You’ll find the Christmas menu at the select branches and pop-up stores listed below.

  • Instagram Sensation Unicorn Ice Cream Shop Now Selling Christmas Reindeer Ice Cream

    28.November.2019 | FOOD

    Looking for Instagram-worthy ice cream in Japan? You definitely need to check out Asakusa Tsuno Koi. Soon after opening in Tokyo’s traditional Asakusa on July 5, 2019, their soft serve unicorn ice cream instantly earned its fame on social media. From November 28 to December 24, the ice cream shop will be releasing a series of Christmas-limited ice creams that are sure to become a hit sensation.

    This shop is famous for being the only ice cream shop in the world to make unicorn-shaped cones out of financier cake dough and filling them with a sweet spiral of soft serve ice cream for the unicorn’s horn. This Christmas, the shop is introducing Christmas-limited toppings, flowers and wreaths to the decorations menu, making customising your ice cream more fun than ever before. 

    * According to research conducted by Asakusa Tsuno Koi. Protected status has been received for America, Korea and Japan. Applications are still being processed in the EU, Singapore and Mongolia.  

     

    For the Reindeer Soft Serve Ice Cream (¥780), each and every single financier cone is baked carefully, but this time in the shape of a reindeer – and it’s chocolate flavoured. Filled with soft serve ice cream, this reindeer is too cute to eat. 

     

    The Christmas Tree (¥830) is a soft serve pistachio ice cream made using high-grade pistachos: the reigning queen when it comes to nut varieties. The ice cream is finished with one of Asakusa Tsuno Koi‘s original Christmas trees. 

     

    The Santa Claus Soft Serve (¥500) is made using Asakusa Tsuno Koi’s rich-flavoured vanilla ice cream. Young or old, the moment you set eyes on Santa Claus’ face, a smile will automatically appear on yours! 

     

    The Christmas-limited toppings include stars, candy, and gingerbread men (¥100 each). Can’t choose? There is set including all three which costs ¥250.

    The shop interior is also looking more Christmassy. The interior is a fusion of Asakusa’s traditional heritage and the unicorn motif, which is popular in western countries. A colourful flowery background and Asakusa’s traditional folding fans and umbrellas perfectly finish the western-Japanese fusion scene, which is currently soaking in fame on Instagram.

     

    Asakusa Tsuno Koi is serving up a totally unique kind of ice cream that has not been spotted anywhere else in the world. The Christmas-limited ice creams are definitely worth the hype. 

     

    * Prices Before Tax

  • Starbucks Unleashes Festive Spirit with Santa Boots Chocolate Frappuccino®

    05.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Now it’s December, we can unleash our festive spirits without anyone telling us “it’s too early”. The streets are glistening with Christmas decor and Christmas dinners, drinks and desserts are around every corner. Every year, Starbucks never fails to hype us up with their Christmas drinks and so without a moment to waste, I headed over to check them out. 

     

    For many, the excitement of Christmas starts to unfold at one moment: opening the stocking. Starbucks has hit home once again with the Santa Boots Chocolate Frappuccino®, which not only takes on the appearance of a stocking stuffed with treats, but tastes as jolly as one too. The Frappuccino® was released on December 4, 2019 and is enough to leave you with a very merry belly. 

    Once you place your order, you will be handed a sealed straw transformed with Christmas magic to become an edible cookie straw. This drink is the first of its kind for Starbucks and is on a whole new level of excitement. Just holding the straw in your hand waiting for your drink will have your heart racing in anticipation.

     

    Here it is:

    The small, bright red baubles of chocolate will immediately catch your attention. The Christmassy cup is literally a stocking packed with a range of delicious flavours and textures.

    Now it’s time to insert the straw. You will be surprised at just how strong and sturdy it is. Alternating between a few refreshing gulps and an odd chomp on the crispy straw creates a new kind of flavour experience. Rest assured that you are also provided with a regular straw so no need to worry about devouring the straw before finishing the drink.

    The frappuccino® base contains a rich chocolate sauce and is sprinkled with crispy potato chips. There are also some potato chips on top of the drink to moderate sweetness and add texture. 

     

    Not only will this fill your stomach, but just seeing the jolly drink will leave you fully topped up with the festive spirit. Sales will end once stock is depleted so make sure to try it asap if you are interested. 

     

    Have a jolly Christmas filled with excitement and love. 

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  • Strawberry Shortcake Crepe Arrive For Christmas 2020 at gelato pique cafe

    26.November.2020 | FOOD

    gelato pique cafe in Japan is celebrating the holiday season with a series of ‘WHITE CHRISTMAS’ themed crepes and soft serve ice creams until December 27.

     

    The cafe is a branch of the loungewear brand gelato pique. It aims to create desserts for adults. This Christmas, it is serving up some holiday special crepes and ice creams.

    Strawberry Shortcake Crepe | ¥880 (Before Tax)

    A fat crepe stuffed with strawberries and adorned in a way that’s just like a shortcake. It contains not only strawberries, but raspberries, and cream. The whole wheat biscuit adds texture to the crepe so it’s delicious to the last bite.

    Pique Bear Crepe | ¥1,180 (Before Tax) *Limited quantity served each day

    A snowy, all-white crepe made with sweet strawberries, milk gelato, and whole wheat biscuit. It’s topped with a cute white chocolate bear.

    Holiday Special Soft Creams – From Left: Strawberry Custard, Rich Milk, Mix | ¥450 Each (Before Tax)

    The strawberry custard ice cream is made with smooth, sweet, and rich custard cream and strawberry for a melt-in-the-mouth combination. The rich milk ice cream is a mix of refreshing milk and rich vanilla. The mix option combines both of these flavours which results in a real mouth-watering treat.

     

    If you’re in Japan this holiday season, don’t miss out on these delightful desserts.

  • Make Your Own Chocolate Pokémon Pies With Lotte’s Confectionery DIY Kit

    24.November.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Japanese confectionery company Lotte is launching a new version of its popular Choco Pie dessert in collaboration with Pokémon.

    Pokémon Trainers out there with sweet tooths are given an ordinary blank Choco Pie which they can decorate with the accompanying assorted chocolates, nuts, and sweets to create their favourite Pokémon. They can create their own from their mind or follow the recipe provided.

    Choco Pie Art with Pokémon will be released by Lotte in Japan on November 24, 2020.

     

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  • Japan’s Tom and Jerry Exhibition Celebrates 80 Years of the Animated Series

    23.November.2020 | SPOT

    Tom and Jerry is an animated franchise created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Adored worldwide for its titular rival characters, the hit series has won Academy Awards for Animated Short Film.

    The series is now getting its first ever exhibition, and it will take place in Japan, celebrating 80 years of the beloved franchise. Fans can look forward to seeing 250 original illustrations, animation cels from the debut animation short in the series Puss Gets the Boot, rough sketches, storyboards, and more. There will also be exhibits of the Hanna-Barbera cartoons loved by Japanese children.

     

    The Exhibition Break-Down
    Chapter One: The Birth of the Legendary Duo

    Chapter One of the exhibition will look at the history behind the birth of Tom and Jerry in 1940, and visitors will be able to watch the episodes that received Academy Awards.

     

    Chapter Two: The Charm of the Tom and Jerry Series

    The episodes, layout, secondary characters, title backgrounds, and more will be explored in detail. There will also be 3D recreations of Tom being out-done by Jerry.

     

    Chapter Three: Passing Onto Future Generations

    This chapter will explore Tom and Jerry from 1986 onwards. Visitors will also be able to see a recreation of the desk of American animator Spike Brandt who worked on numerous Tom and Jerry films.

     

    Chapter Four: Onto Television

    Chapter Four will explore the limits of what Hanna-Barbera were able to do in the early days on a low budget. Episodes and sounds nostalgic to Japanese people who grew up with their animations will also be played.

     

    Chapter Five: Tom and Jerry’s Eternal Chase

    Exhibits of the Tom and Jerry Show, as well as an exclusive animation made for this exhibition, will be showcased. Visitors can also get their hands on a selection of 200 pieces of exclusive merchandise and pre-sales on original items.

     

    TOM AND JERRY and related characters and elements ⓒ & ™ Turner Entertainment Co. (s20)

  • Luxurious Christmas Desserts Whipped Up at Ginza’s SHISEIDO PARLOUR SALON DE CAFE

    23.November.2020 | FOOD

    SHISEIDO PARLOUR SALON DE CAFE in Ginza, Tokyo, is serving up Christmas cheer this year in the form of a delightful selection of desserts from December 1 to 29.

    Christmas Angel Parfait | ¥2,300 (Tax Included)

    Made with super sweet Le Lectier pears and combined with assorted berries, this parfait is like a gift from the heavens.

    Present From The Heavens w/ Drink | ¥2,500 (Tax Included)

    A super cute Christmas assortment with a Christmas present made from white chocolate and berry yam, a snowman made from yuzu citrus-laced milk ice cream, and more.

    Shiseido Parlour Story w/ Drink | ¥2,600 (Tax Included) *Served weekdays only

    Ensemble Chocolate w/ Drink | ¥2,200 (tax Included)

    A brownie made from a combination of Belgian, French, and Swiss chocolate surrounded by ganache, ice cream, and more, served with a spread of berry sauce.

    Strawberry Parfait | ¥2,000 (Tax Included)

    A simple but deliciously sweet parfait made with koiminori strawberries from Nagasaki. It’s served with ice cream and sauce but only contains 10g sugar content.

  • Pikachu Caramel Frappes Zap Their Way to Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe This Holiday Season

    22.November.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, is adding the new “Caramel Pika Pika Frappe” to its menu this holiday season from December 5, 2020 to January 15, 2021.

    Caramel Pika Pika Frappe | ¥700 (Before Tax)

    The adorable beverage is based on the Japanese custard pudding known as purin. It’s laced with caramel sauce, closed off with a squirt of whipped cream, and finished with a sprinkling of chocolate chips for accent.

    Pikachu Sleeves

    The drink also comes with one of four possible Pikachu sleeves which feature designs in promotion of the upcoming animated film Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle (also known as Pokémon the Movie: Coco) which will be released in Japan on December 25, 2020 and in the US in 2021.

     

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  • McDonald’s Luxurious Chocolate Frappes in Collaboration With GODIVA Are Mouth-Watering

    20.November.2020 | FOOD

    McDonald’s Japan has revealed two new beverages which will be sold at McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s from November 25: the “GODIVA Chocolate Espresso Frappe & Macaron” and the “GODIVA Chocolate Espresso Frappe.”

    This is McCafé by Barista’s first collaboration with the Turkish chocolate company GODIVA. The drinks were made under the supervision of Yannick Chevolleau, an executive chef and chocolatier pâtissier at GODIVA, bringing together a match made in heaven of rich chocolate and espresso.

    GODIVA Chocolate Espresso Frappe – Regular Size (¥540)

    The beverage contains a dark chocolate sauce which combines cacao powder and roasted cacao beans which is mixed together with fragrant espresso and milk before being topped with whipped cream drizzled in a couverture chocolate sauce made from 54% Belgian chocolate.

    GODIVA Chocolate Espresso Frappe & Macaron – Regular Size (¥540)

    You can also get it topped with a vanilla-flavoured macaron which adds sweetness to the rich beverage and looks even more Instagram-worthy.

  • Mickey & Friends Disney Christmas Cupcakes to be Released at Ginza Cozy Corner

    20.November.2020 | FOOD / MUSIC

    Japanese confectionery company Ginza Cozy Corner is teaming up with Disney once again to release a new Christmas collection of cupcakes on December 1.

     

    Colourful Disney treats for the holiday season

    This sweet seasonal collection is inspired by Mickey & Friends and contains nine unique cupcakes which depict the characters getting ready for their Christmas party.

    Disney Christmas Collection (Contains 9) | ¥2,500 (Before Tax)

    Cupcakes include a Santa-hat wearing, chocolate ganache-filled Mickey cream cheese cake, a strawberry jam-filled Minnie mousse cake, a lemon and mint cream-packed, Christmas decoration-adorned Donald tart, a banana and mint cream Pluto tart, an orange cream Goofy chocolate cake, and more.

    The cakes are packed in a special Disney Christmas box which is sure to catch the attention of sweet tooths this holiday season, perfect for stay-at-home Christmas parties.

  • Starbucks Japan Reveals Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino®

    19.November.2020 | FOOD

    Starbucks Coffee Japan has revealed that its second instalment of its limited-edition holiday season 2020 beverages will be the “Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate” and “Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino®” which customers can order from November 24. A new batch of festive Starbucks merch will also hit Japanese branches on November 30.

     

    A harmonious fusion of matcha and sweet white chocolate

    Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino® Tall ¥590 (Tall-size only)

    Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate: Short ¥450 / Tall ¥490 / Grande ¥530 / Venti® ¥570 (Hot option only)

    Matcha is one of Starbucks Japan’s signature flavours and just to happens to have been in the spotlight in last year’s holiday season drinks. This year sees marbling mixture of of rich matcha sauce and sweet white chocolate syrup with the Frappuccino®, finished with a squirt of whipped cream, brownie bits, and snowy powdered sugar. The hot version comes as a marriage of matcha and white mocha mixed together with steamed milk to warm the cockles of hearts during the cold months.

     

    New holiday season merchandise

    The theme of the second batch of merchandise is “Brilliant Season” which capture the bright and sparkly vibe of winter like with the snowflake-covered stainless steel bottle, a glass mug with beads in it that move around when shaken, a snow globe, and more. The perfect line-up for capturing the holiday season mood during your coffee break.

     

    Starbucks Japan is currently serving the Berry x Berry No-Bake Cheesecake Frappuccino® and Berry x Berry White Mocha holiday season drinks for the holiday season until November 24 when they will be replaced by the Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate and Matcha x Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino®. It is also serving the Starbucks® Christmas Blend, Gingerbread Latte, and Macadamia Toffee Latte until Christmas Day.

  • Toy Story’s Little Green Men and Lots-o’ Get Turned Into Confections at Japanese Convenience Stores

    17.November.2020 | FOOD / MOVIE

    Bandai’s character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas has revealed that its next batch of sweet treats will be inspired by the Little Green Men and Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear from the popular Pixar movie franchise Toy Story. The confections will hit 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan on November 21, 2020.

    Tabemas Toy Story | ¥258 Each (Before Tax)

    The lovable Little Green Men and Toy Story 3‘s main antagonist Lots-o have been fully recreated, down to the finest details, into delicious confections. The details are well crafted you can almost hear the aliens chanting “OOOOOH” in unison! The sweets are also made with a dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets.

    The Little Green Men are matcha flavoured while Lots-o is strawberry flavoured. Both contain Japanese bean paste, and neither use artificial colourings. Their colours comes from the original ingredients. Each sweet is also only 100kcal making is a perfect quick treat.

     

    ‘Tabemas’ is an abbreviation of the Japanese words taberareru masukotto, meaning ‘mascots that you can eat.’ It is a Japanese confectionery series that combines well-known characters and Japanese sweets made from ingredients like red bean paste, sugar and rice flour.

     

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  • Christmas-Themed Afternoon Tea Set to Arrive at Hyatt Regency Tokyo

    16.November.2020 | FOOD

    Hyatt Regency Tokyo’s brasserie Vicky’s is reopening on November 20, 2020. To celebrate Christmas, Vicky’s is serving up an adorable afternoon tea set which contains Christmassy desserts and savoury snacks. The afternoon tea set will be available on weekends and national holidays from November 21 to December 27, 2020.

    Christmas Afternoon Tea Set: ¥4,400 (After Tax)

    Enjoy a festive afternoon tea set in Vicky’s comforting brasserie. For the occasion, head dessert maker Hirokazu Satō has created a selection of delicious pastries which take the forms of adorable Christmas characters. Enjoy the creamy layers of the strawberry mousse snowman, indulge in the aromatic pistachio cream tart which looks like a Christmas tree, and sink your teeth into a strawberry and pistachio macaron which looks like Santa Claus. Tuck into the strawberry shortcake which looks just like a Christmas present to finish off your dessert plate.

     

    Minoru Ōtaki is in charge of the savory treats of the Christmas afternoon tea. The menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, quiche lorraine, fried shrimp and more. The savoury snacks balance out the sweet desserts and add a moderately savoury touch to your experience. Customers are also invited to indulge in the wide variety of delightful drinks.

     

    To celebrate the reopening of Vicky’s, Ōtaki has created a special dinnertime tapas selection where you can indulge in the natural flavours of fresh ingredients.

     

    This Christmas afternoon tea is a wonderful way to relax after work or even with your friends.

  • A Cheesecake You Can Drink Releases at CheeseTable in Shinjuku

    13.November.2020 | FOOD

    Shinjuku and Ikebukuro’s popular cheese cafes CheeseTable released added a new hot version of their drinkable cheesecake to the menu on Tuesday (November 10), the perfect way to warm up as the season gets colder.

     

    The cheesecake-in-a-mug is a popular menu item at CheeseTable and has continued to be changed and adapted to the seasons over the years. Until now it has only been available to drink cold, but for the first time they’ve introduced a hot option.

    Strawberry Cream Drinkable Hot Cheesecake | ¥780 (Before Tax)


    Chocolate Espresso Drinkable Hot Cheesecake | ¥780 (Before Tax)

    There are two flavours to pick from, both of which offer the sensation that you’re eating a real cheesecake. There’s the creamy strawberry jam “Strawberry Cream” which is best enjoyed after stirring and the “Chocolate Espresso” which is a rich and sweet mix.

    Honey Mascarpone Drinkable Cheesecake | ¥600 (Before Tax)


    Brown Sugar Syrup & Soy Flour Drinkable Cheesecake | ¥600 (Before Tax)

    The signature iced Honey Mascarpone and Brown Sugar Syrup & Soy Flour flavours are also must-tries. Honey Mascarpone has been popular since it was first release for its subtly sweet taste. The Brown Sugar Syrup & Soy Flour dessert drink is topped with soy flour warabimochi and rice flour dumplings. This latter flavour is very Japanese, combining the sweetness of the syrup with cream cheese.

     

    If you’re in Tokyo this winter then stay warm with a cup of cheesecake!

  • Tokyo Banana Launches Pokémon Confection Series With Pikachu as First Catch

    10.November.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Tokyo’s official souvenir sweets brand Tokyo Banana has launched its new Pokémon Tokyo Banana series of confections.

    The first tasty entry to the series is the Pikachu Tokyo Banana which will begin rolling out in limited quantities at 7-ELEVEN convenience stores across Japan from November 21, 2020. It will subsequently arrive as a permanent product at the Tokyo Station branch of Tokyo Banana on December 10, 2020.

     

    Pokémon turn into adorable Tokyo Banana confections

    Pikachu Tokyo Banana | Banana Flavour (Contains 2) | ¥291 (Tax Included)

    Tokyo Banana are popular cream-filled cakes and are the official souvenir sweet of Tokyo. The Pokémon series turns these fluffy treats into cute confections for you to enjoy with your favourite Pokémon during snack time.

     

    Pikachu: The first in the delicious line

    Pikachu is first up in the Pokémon Tokyo Banana series. The adorable Pokémon has been turned into a banana custard cream-filled sponge cake.

    There are six Pikachu designs in total which include Pikachu making a variety of cute faces as well as its tail.

    Each of the Pikachu Tokyo Banana confections are individually packaged in bags which have a Poké Ball design.

     

    Special packaging designs

    The individual treats are then packaged in one of six possible Pikachu packets.

    Pikachu Tokyo Banana will first roll out at 7-ELEVEN convenience stores in the locations listed below on the respective dates before heading to Tokyo Banana at Tokyo Station on December 10.

     

    Scheduled

    November 21 Release
    Tokyo / Kanagawa / Chiba / Saitama

     

    November 28 Release
    Hokkaido / Aomori / Iwate / Akita / Miyagi / Yamagata / Fukushima / Ibaraki / Tochigi / Gunma / Niigata / Toyama / Ishikawa / Fukui

     

    December 5 Release
    Yamanashi / Nagano / Shizuoka / Aichi / Gify / Mie / Okayama / Hiroshima / Tottori / Shimane / Yamaguchi / Tokushima / Kagawa / Ehime / Kochi

     

    December 12 Release
    Osaka / Kyoto / Hyogo / Shiga / Nara / Wakayama / Fukuoka / Saga / Nagasaki / Oita / Kumamoto / Miyazaki / Kagoshima

     

    *Not available in Okinawa

    *7-ELEVEN sales are available while supplies last

     

    Tokyo Banana – JR Tokyo Station

    Pikachu Tokyo Banana will arrive at the JR Tokyo Station branch of Tokyo Banana inside HANAGATAYA on December 10. The second Pokémon is scheduled to be released in January 2021.

     

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